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Mrs. Eleanor Leona Adamski, age 89, a daughter of God our Father, formerly of Grand Rapids, was called Home to her Heavenly Father on Sunday morning, August 9, 2009 from Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview.

The daughter of Anthony & Carrie (Szkula) Bogaski, she was born on Jan. 17, 1920 in Grand Rapids and was a graduate of Catholic Central High School.

On Jan. 3, 1948, in Grand Rapids, she married Donald J. Danny Adamski and together they lived the Sacrament of Marriage for 40 years. Leona was faithful to the Lord and His Blessed Mother all her life as a Roman Catholic.

A woman of deep faith, she attended the parishes of St. Anthony of Padua, St. Jude, and St. John Vianney in Grand Rapids, Mary Queen of the Apostles in Sand Lake, and St. Charles in Greenville.

She enjoyed making many friends over the years and considered her friends precious gifts from the Lord. May she rest in peace from her labors.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Donald; and five sisters, Joyce Bogaski, Barb Olegniczak, Marie Verburg, Marge Studrawam, and Genevieve Quick.

She will be missed very much by her four children, Fr. Donald J. Adamski, O.F.M. Conv. of New Mexico, Carol & Robert Bricker of Greenville, David M. & Rose Adamski of Grand Rapids, and Diane & John Kent of Newaygo; six grandchildren, John G. Kent, Erin Rigney, Sarah & Andrew Braman, Paul Joseph Rigney, David Adamski, and Kimberly Adamski and her fianc Chad McIntosh; and two great granddaughters, Ellie Marie and Alanah Shiloh Braman.

Also surviving are two sisters and four brothers-in-law, Maxine & Fred VanderWoude, Bernadette & Robert Booth, Robert Quick, and Walt Studrawa, all of Grand Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

Eleanors family is forever grateful to the long term care staff at Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital for their excellent care of Eleanor in giving her such an enjoyable last years of her life.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Adamski will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville, (please gather at church), with her son, Father Don Adamski presiding.  Rite of Committal will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at Resurrection Cemetery, Wyoming.

Visitation is Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with the Wake service beginning at 7 p.m.

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  1. Anonymous on August 9, 2009 at 12:00 am


    08/13/2009 –

    Ken and mary Schoenborn

    Carol and Family – We’re so sorry to hear about you loss. We were on vacation and missed all the visitation and the service. Please know that “Grandma Eleanor” was a very special person in the lives of Kaitlyn,Everett and Hannah as she helped our family those days when the kids were young and Kenny and I were both working.
    Our prayers are with you now but she left a great example for your family and even her neighbors. God bless.

    08/12/2009 –

    Paul and Jessy Skinner

    Dave, we were saddened to hear of your loss. A mother truly is a beacon of morality and kindness. Our condolences and deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    08/12/2009 –

    miranda pitcher

    elanor was an amazing gift to us all. i am so thankfull that i had the opportunity to get to know her at kelsey. she will be greatly missed by many. my thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

    08/12/2009 –

    Donna Hollis

    The staff and I at Holy Cross Retreat Center send you our love, prayers and condolences during this time. May you always celebrate your Leona’s life as you hold onto the memories and remember…Gods Blessings, Donna Hollis & HCRC staff

    08/12/2009 –

    John Kent

    A Letter to Grandma Adamski
    I was lost for words when I heard that you were going to rest with Papa because you have been so influential throughout my whole life. I always enjoyed reading and writing letters. I enjoyed putting together them with pictures to make sure that you could endure each day much better. I was deeply filled with such emotion when I heard that you were proud of me and that you were delighted to receive all correspondence from me. One main theme came to my mind since I lost my Grandpa in March. I believe that Grandparents are like mentors where the parents lack. You cared so much for our spiritual health in all shapes and forms. You made absolutely sure that we remained in state of perseverance and continuity to keep this family together. The one thing that I will miss the most is your company, your potato salad, and especially your smiling face when we were able to talk to each other. You always considered me a Grandson even though I was not of blood relation. I always appreciated that more than you know. I will miss and love you forever!
    Johnny G. Kent

    08/11/2009 –

    Kathy (Hornik) Fischer

    We would like to offer our deepest sympathy and prayers at this time of your loss. The Rose(Bieszka)Hornik Family

    08/11/2009 –

    Rose & Alden Shipley

    We know she is enjoying eternal joy with her Lord. To us, she was a saintly woman and we truly believe in our hearts that her path was a most direct one. Bask in the Glory of our Blessed Lord, Mrs. Adamski.

    08/11/2009 –

    Bonnie L. Tryon

    I am deeply sadden to read about Mrs. Adamski’s passing. I do remember her fondly. Diane and I were best of friends growing up. If I was not at the Adamski’s house Diane was at our house. The family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Susan Kain

    I just wanted to pass along some thoughts about Eleanor. She, as you know, was a great storyteller. It didn’t matter if it was the first time I heard one of her stories or the fifth or sixth time, they were always great to listen too. She was so good at describing her stories, you didn’t just hear them, you felt them. We are told in the bible to “love one another,” I feel this was the underlying message she was trying to pass along to all of us through her stories. It was great getting to know her and her family, you are all great people. God Bless, Susan Kain

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